A female mountain lion has been killed after it attacked chickens on a Nebraska Panhandle farm.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has confirmed the death of the mountain lion by a rural Hay Springs landowner in Sheridan County.
Game and Parks says the landowner observed the mountain lion killing chickens. The landowner shot and killed the nearly year-old mountain lion and reported the killing to Game and Parks.
Staff wildlife and law enforcement officials collected the carcass.
“State law allows livestock owners to kill a mountain lion immediately if it is in the process of stalking, killing, or consuming livestock on their property,” Sam Wilson, carnivore program manager for the Commission, said in a written statement.
Since mountain lions have returned to Nebraska in 1991, this is the fifth confirmed case of livestock depredation by a cougar. The other cases were a calf in Blaine County in 2014, a calf in Sheridan County in 2017, two goats in Dawes County in 2017, and one goat in Dawes County last month.
Game and Parks commissioners in June approved a mountain lion hunting season in the Pine Ridge area designed to lower mountain lion densities. The season will run from the first of January until the end of February.
For more information about mountain lions in Nebraska go to outdoornebraska.org/mountainlions.